When a child bites, most parents are stunned. It is important to realize that all kids will most likely bite at least once in their childhood. As with all disciplinary issues, parents should approach the situation with love and understanding. First of all, it is important to understand why children bite. Usually it is out of anger frustration, trying to be powerful in a group, fear, insecurity, not getting their way, or inability to communicate their needs. Once you look at the big picture and try to analyze the situation, it will be easier for you to control your child. Here are some helpful tips:
• Never, ever bite your child back! This will show your child that it is ok to bite, which will hurt your disciplinary efforts in the future.
• Do not put soap in your child’s mouth, lemon on his lips, or Tabasco sauce to teach him a lesson. This is humiliating and some experts label it as abuse.
• If you catch your child in the act, use a firm voice and say this is not acceptable behavior.
• Turn your attention to the victim so that your child will realize that biting does not gain attention.
• Teach your child other ways to express his anger or frustration, such as jumping up and down or punching a pillow. Be sure to praise your child when he expresses his feelings in an appropriate way.
• If the biting continues, and it is not improving seek professional help.